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September 22 2014

“Autogeddon:” Is The Automobile Killing San Francisco’s Infrastructure?

September 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Pedestrian and cyclist safety has always been a pressing issue in the San Francisco Bay Area, with injuries and fatalities currently reaching record highs. In this post, I would like to steer clear of contributing to my previous tirades about the lack of pedestrian safety in San Francisco, leaving that to my previous article addressing the […]

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September 17 2014

Green Buildings Sprouting Up in Nairobi, Kenya

September 17th, 2014Posted by 

Green buildings are at times defined as buildings that are “not as bad” or “notably better” than the average with regard to impact on the environment. More technically,  a green building is one whose construction and lifetime of operation assure the healthiest possible environment while representing the most efficient and least disruptive use of land, […]

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September 16 2014

Claude and Duval: Le Corbusier’s Only Industrial Building Continues to Operate

September 16th, 2014Posted by 

The city of Saint-Die-des-Vosges has the only industrial building the Swiss architect conceived. Always active, the site of the Claude and Duval hosiery houses eighty workers today. Charles-Edouard Jeanneret was born in 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and he died in 1965 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the Maritime Alps. He took on the pseudonym Le Corbusier, the […]

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September 15 2014

Open Spaces Supporting Mental & Physical Health in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

September 15th, 2014Posted by 

The public spaces in Phnom Penh aim to provide more than just an escape from the traffic and pollution of a growing Asian capital city, with activities for a healthy mind and body. As the country undergoes rapid urbanization, new developments are threatening the open and recreational spaces of the city that are vital to […]

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September 15 2014

Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

September 15th, 2014Posted by 

The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan. They were built between 1179 (Naviglio Grande) and the 16th century (Naviglio Martesana) with the purpose of making Milan accessible from the Ticino and Adda rivers. These routes were not only used for […]

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September 11 2014

Athens, Greece’s Hellinikon Park Poised to be the Largest Park in World

September 11th, 2014Posted by 

“I can already imagine the faces of my family and friends in North Dakota when I tell them that I work in Athens. You don’t know what the word “Athens” means to an American person and how many magical things we recall. It’s incredible.” I listen to Charles Anderson while he speaks about Athens and […]

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September 11 2014

Architecteurs Competition 2014: Announcing French Architectural Winners

September 11th, 2014Posted by 

The Architecteurs, the primary national network of architects and builders, came together and selected, during their annual great Congress (from June 25-28, 2014) the award winners of the 2014 Architecteurs Exhibit-Competition. For the 9th year in a row, the professionals making up the jury also rewarded the best achievements among a large selection of architectural […]

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September 09 2014

300 Days of Sun and Flat Terrain: What’s Keeping Athens, Greece from Biking?

September 9th, 2014Posted by 

The increase of cycling in a city like Athens – or for instance Milan, Paris, London, Barcelona, Bucharest and other modern cities – makes sense and has merit, as it is associated with the sustainability of the city. When speaking about cycling in the city, we refer to some citizens’ choice to use a means of transport […]

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September 09 2014

On Île d’Yeu, France, Biking is Practically a Religion

September 9th, 2014Posted by 

Mountain bike, single bike or tandem: on the streets of L’île d’Yeu, France, the parade of two-wheelers is permanent. For both summer vacationers and locals alike, this method of transportation has become indispensable. “It’s practically a crime to use a car here,” reveals an employee at La Clinique du Vélo. At Port-Joinville, the sound of […]

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September 08 2014

Across the Bay: Oakland Leads in School Health Programs

September 8th, 2014Posted by 

In San Francisco, you are more likely to see Google buses than school buses on any weekday morning. Why? With budget cuts in transportation for public schools, a large number of elementary to high school students are left to fend for themselves in their daily journey to school. San Francisco may be one of the most “walkable” […]

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September 04 2014

New Legislature in San Francisco’s Pushes for Increase of Urban Agriculture

September 4th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is leading the way for urban agriculture with support from community gardens, the city, and local farmers markets. Local food production is being used as a tool for community development, personal rehabilitation, and sustainable food opportunities that other cities could learn from. There are many hurdles when it comes to urban farming, especially in an […]

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September 04 2014

Teenagers Pedal for a Greener Neighborhood in Montreal, Quebec

September 4th, 2014Posted by 

On Monday, around fifity teenagers on bikes invaded the streets of Saint-Laurent in order to sensitize its residents toward the adoption of better environmental habits. The youth of the C-Vert project want to sensitize citizens to using the bicycle as a daily means of transportation. The young people – all of them between fourteen and sixteen years old – […]

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September 03 2014

Wind Farms in Galway, Ireland Expand in the Midst of Opposition

September 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Renewable sources of energy are in high demand in Ireland today, and wind farms seem to be popping up all over the country. This is because we are edging closer to 2020, and therefore the end of the Irish government’s Energy White Paper. The Energy White Paper was published in March 2007 with the aim of […]

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September 02 2014

British Urban Mobility Specialist Philip Anthony Gold Advises Brazil

September 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Among the speakers for the first Seminar on Social Responsibility and Sustainability was the British transportation specialist, Philip Anthony Gold, a consultant for several institutions, who discussed the need for urban mobility design that is more focused on people. In an exclusive interview for the UFJF, the expert spoke about the need for a more […]

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September 01 2014

Montreal Initiates Global Movement of Urban Agriculture Summer Schools

September 1st, 2014Posted by 

A survey conducted last year by the City of Montreal revealed that 42% of citizens practice urban agriculture. More than simply gardening, urban agriculture is a social movement that can service as an educational tool and means of achieving food justice. It was with these ideas in mind that some 200 citizens and researchers  participated […]

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August 28 2014

A Plan to Rebuild Valparaíso, Chile After a Disastrous Fire

August 28th, 2014Posted by 

The College of Architects of Valparaíso submitted a proposal for a new urban plan to the presidential delegate for reconstruction, Andrés Silva. The proposal seeks to re-direct local streams and create ​​a Metropolitan Park. The approval of such a plan is one of the last steps in the reconstruction effort after a major fire engulfed the […]

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August 26 2014

Lyon, France to Welcome its First Vertical Urban Farm: Ferme Urbaine Lyonnaise

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Last Thursday, engineers, researchers, and other Lyon architects presented the project FUL (Ferme Urbaine Lyonnaise), which could produce more than 600,000 salads per year, starting in the summer of 2016. While on the North American continent urban horticulture exploits already exist, this Lyon project could constitute a first for France. This first urban farm would […]

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August 26 2014

Free Parking in Brussels, Belgium for Users of Carsharing Services

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Beginning in September 2014, the vehicles of the two car sharing companies in Brussels (Cambio and Zen Car) will be equipped in such a way that their drivers will be exempted from paying for metered parking wherever they park, except for the red zones of the city’s parking plan. This is good news for the […]

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August 25 2014

Architecture Not Built for Function in Galway, Ireland

August 25th, 2014Posted by 

The design of buildings has always been contentious, whether the disagreement stems from aesthetic complaints, or disregard for the functionality of the building. For example, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which can be argued as one of the design and engineering wonders of the world, was once labeled “a mast of iron gymnasium apparatus, incomplete, confused and deformed” by the […]

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August 22 2014

In Plessis-Gassot Garbage Provides First-ever Source of Methane Energy in France

August 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The commune of Plessis-Gassot [in the Île de France region] has just opened a power plant that will furnish the amount of energy equivalent to the consumption of 41,200 households, thanks to methane produced by the fermentation of non-recyclable waste. This is a first for France and a shining example of an original initiative. Power generated from […]

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